A Christmas Story Comes to Life on Oglethorpe Stage

Georgia Shakespeare, Oglethorpe’s professional theatre in residence, welcomed the 2010 holiday season with one of its most highly anticipated shows of the year, A Christmas Story.  Adapted by Philip Grecian and directed by Drew Fracher, the play is a theatrical take on the 1983 comedy film of the same title.

A Christmas Story follows a determined Ralphie, (played on stage by 13-year-old Cooper Driskell) during the days leading up to Christmas. His only wish for the holiday is to unwrap the coveted “Officical Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model BB Rifle with a Compass in the Stock.” Ralphie is faced with several obstacles during his journey, including a mother who disapproves of his Christmas wish, a school bully, and the dreaded phrase, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

The play ran December 7-26 at the Conant Performing Arts Center.

Atlanta native Cooper Driskell (left)  played Ralphie in Georgia Shakepeare’s stage adaptation of A Christmas Story, a role made famous by actor Peter Billingsley (right).

Meet Cooper in Georgia Shakespeare’s fun video interview below!